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Super 16: Capitals latest new No. 1

After wild game against Penguins, pass them, Blue Jackets for top spot in weekly rankings

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Washington Capitals are No. 1 in NHL.com's Super 16 for the first time this season, one vote short of being a unanimous selection this week.

The Capitals were first on 12 of the 13 ballots submitted by NHL.com staff members. Washington is 9-0-2 in its past 11 games and has climbed into a first-place tie in the NHL standings with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Washington started its 11-game point streak with a 2-1 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 29 before going on a nine-game winning streak. That ended with an 8-7 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.

Video: WSH@PIT: Oshie nets PPG off goal mouth scramble

The Penguins, who were No. 1 last week, dropped to No. 3, one point behind the Blue Jackets. Pittsburgh lost three in a row, all on the road in regulation by a combined 15-6, including 5-2 at Washington before defeating the Capitals in Pittsburgh.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, winners of three straight and 10 of their past 15 to move into third place in the Atlantic Division, made the biggest jump, from No. 16 to No. 12.

The rankings are calculated by a points-based system based on the votes of the 13 staff members. Point values are assigned to each ranking as follows: 16 points for a No. 1 ranking, to one point for a No. 16 ranking.

Check out where they landed once the math was finished and be sure stay for the information:

1. Washington Capitals (29-9-6)

Total points: 207

Last week: No. 3

Hit: Marcus Johansson doesn't get talked about much, but the forward is quietly having a strong season and is on pace to score an NHL career-high 57 points. He has 31 points in 44 games.

Miss: Defenseman John Carlson is dealing with a lower-body injury that kept him out of the game against the Penguins on Monday and will again at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

 

2. Columbus Blue Jackets (30-9-4)

Total points: 180

Last week: No. 2

Hit: Brandon Dubinsky scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season in a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday; he did not score in the previous 17 games. If he can get hot, it would be like a midseason infusion of offense that the Blue Jackets expected all season.

Miss: The Blue Jackets saw how badly they need goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, and how badly they might need a better backup for him, when he missed three games because of illness. They went 1-2-0 and allowed nine goals in the two losses.

 

3. Pittsburgh Penguins (28-11-5)

Total points: 179

Last week: No. 1

Hit: Defenseman Brian Dumoulin returned to full practice Tuesday, a sign he's getting closer to returning to the lineup after breaking his jaw Dec. 27.

Miss: Center Matt Cullen will miss 3-4 weeks with a foot injury, a result of blocking a shot during the 8-7 win against the Capitals. He played in all 106 games the Penguins played last season (regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs combined).

Video: WSH@PIT: Bonino buries a wrister at the doorstep

 

4. Minnesota Wild (28-10-5)

Total points: 176

Last week: No. 5

Hit: The Wild power play is clicking at 30.2 percent in the past 15 games (13-for-43). They have scored at least one power-play goal in 12 of the games.

Miss: Defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss at least four weeks with a fractured finger, an injury sustained in a 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

 

5. Chicago Blackhawks (28-14-5)

Total points: 155

Last week: No. 4

Hit: The Blackhawks have 14 goals from rookies -- Ryan Hartman (five), Vinnie Hinostroza (five), Tanner Kero (three) and Nick Schmaltz (one) -- in the past 15 games. Michal Kempny, who is in his first NHL season but isn't a rookie because he's 26 and missed the cutoff by seven days, also has two goals in the span.

Miss: The Blackhawks have 17 goals from Patrick Kane (six), Artem Anisimov (four), Artemi Panarin (four), Jonathan Toews (three) and Marian Hossa (zero) in the same 15 games. They're 7-6-2 in that stretch.

 

6. Montreal Canadiens (27-13-6)

Total points: 144

Last week: No. 7

Hit: Forward Alex Galchenyuk is back in the lineup after missing 18 games with a knee injury. The Canadiens went 9-5-4 without him.

Miss: The penalty kill is struggling, particularly on the road, where it is 75.9 percent.

Video: NYR@MTL: Galchenyuk nets redirect on Barberio's shot

 

7. Anaheim Ducks (25-13-9)

Total points: 126

Last week: No. 9

Hit: The Ducks haven't allowed more than two goals in eight consecutive games and are 8-1-4 in their past 13.

Miss: They are 2-for-28 on the power play in the past 10 games.

 

8. New York Rangers (28-16-1)

Total points: 112

Last week: No. 6

Hit: The top line of Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello has 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in the past 10 games, and 62 points (23 goals, 39 assists) in the past 21.

Miss: Henrik Lundqvist has an .841 save percentage in six games this month (26 goals on 164 shots). He allowed seven goals on 27 shots in two periods of a 7-6 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

 

9. San Jose Sharks (27-16-2)

Total points: 111

Last week: No. 8

Hit: The Sharks have done a lot of their damage against Eastern Conference opponents, going 15-6-0, including 2-0-0 against Columbus and Montreal.

Miss: Nine of San Jose's remaining 37 games are against the Eastern Conference.

Video: WPG@SJS: Tierney fires wicked wrister past Hutchinson

 

10. Edmonton Oilers (25-15-7)

Total points: 89

Last week: No. 11

Hit: Goalie Cam Talbot has been an impressive workhorse, leading the NHL in games played, minutes and saves, and among the leaders in wins.

Miss: It's fair to wonder if Talbot is going to need a break soon and, if he doesn't get one, how fresh he'll be for the playoffs if Edmonton gets there.

 

11. St. Louis Blues (23-17-5)

Total points: 82

Last week: No. 10

Hit: Patrik Berglund has 10 goals in the past 15 games after scoring one in the first 30.

Miss: They were hoping a win in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic would be a turning point in their season, but they are 3-4-0 in seven games since and play Washington on Thursday.

 

12. Toronto Maple Leafs (21-13-8)

Total points: 56

Last week: No. 16

Hit: The Maple Leafs are 10-2-3 in their past 15 games, including 5-1-3 in games decided by one goal or in a shootout. They were 11-11-5, including 3-5-5 in one-goal games, in the first two months.

Miss: Defenseman Morgan Rielly will miss at least one game and possibly more with a knee injury sustained in a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Video: BUF@TOR: Komarov redirects puck over Lehner and in

 

13. Ottawa Senators (23-15-4)

Total points: 44

Last week: No. 12

Hit: Mike Hoffman has four goals in the past four games after scoring one in his previous 10, which were broken up by a four-game suspension.

Miss: Curtis Lazar has no points and is minus-6 in 22 games.

 

14. Boston Bruins (23-19-6)

Total points: 40

Last week: No. 13

Hit: Patrice Bergeron is finally starting to add some offensive production to his all-around solid play (11 points in the past 11 games).

Miss: They haven't won at least two games in a row since Dec. 29-31 and have done so five times this season. It's an illustration of their inconsistent play.

 

15. Calgary Flames (24-20-3)

Total points: 32

Last week: No. 15

Hit: Mikael Backlund has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in the past 16 games. He had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Miss: Johnny Gaudreau is in a scoring slump, with three points (one goal, two assists) in the past 10 games. He hasn't scored in seven games.

Video: FLA@CGY: Backlund nets his second goal in 13 seconds

 

16. Los Angeles Kings (22-19-4)

Total points: 23

Last week: NR

Hit: The Kings are staying afloat in the Western Conference because of their overtime success; they were 9-1 going into their game against the Sharks on Wednesday.

Miss: The Los Angeles power play has been problematic, particularly on the road, where it is 9-for-70 (12.9 percent).

Others receiving points: Carolina Hurricanes 10, New Jersey Devils 1

Dropped out from last week: Philadelphia Flyers

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

ARPON BASU

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. Anaheim Ducks; 7. Chicago Blackhawks; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. New York Rangers; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. Carolina Hurricanes; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Calgary Flames

AMALIE BENJAMIN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. New York Rangers; 7. Anaheim Ducks; 8. Chicago Blackhawks; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Ottawa Senators; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Minnesota Wild; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. Anaheim Ducks; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. New York Rangers; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Calgary Flames; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Ottawa Senators; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Anaheim Ducks; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. New York Rangers; 10. San Jose Sharks; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Ottawa Senators; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

NICK COTSONIKA

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. Chicago Blackhawks; 7. New York Rangers; 8. St. Louis Blues; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. Anaheim Ducks; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. Carolina Hurricanes; 16. Boston Bruins

LISA DILLMAN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Minnesota Wild; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. Anaheim Ducks; 7. Chicago Blackhawks; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. New York Rangers; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Los Angeles Kings

TOM GULITTI

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Minnesota Wild; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. New York Rangers; 8. Anaheim Ducks; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. St. Louis Blues; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Los Angeles Kings

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Minnesota Wild; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. New York Rangers; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. Ottawa Senators; 16. Calgary Flames

ROBERT LAFLAMME

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Minnesota Wild; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. Anaheim Ducks; 8. New York Rangers; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Ottawa Senators; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Montreal Canadiens; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Anaheim Ducks; 7. Chicago Blackhawks; 8. New York Rangers; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Ottawa Senators; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. New Jersey Devils

BILL PRICE

1. Pittsburgh Penguins; 2. Washington Capitals; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. Anaheim Ducks; 7. Montreal Canadiens; 8. New York Rangers; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10 Edmonton Oilers; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Calgary Flames; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

SHAWN ROARKE

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Minnesota Wild; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. Columbus Blue Jackets; 7. Anaheim Ducks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. St. Louis Blues; 10. New York Rangers; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Los Angeles Kings

DAN ROSEN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. Anaheim Ducks; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. New York Rangers; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Los Angeles Kings; 14. Ottawa Senators; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

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